Photo courtesy of Amanjiwo
The resort’s 36 limestone-clad suites were inspired by Borobudur, Java’s famous Buddhist sanctuary two miles away, and face the surrounding rice paddies. Don’t miss the Grain of Rice experience, which starts with a visit to the rice paddies of Selogriyo, a 9th-century Hindu temple, followed by a cooking class featuring Javanese dishes such as kupat tahu magelang—rice cakes in coconut leaves with cabbage and bean sprouts.
By Lindsey Tramuta, AFAR Contributor
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Serenity to the Power of Ten
By the time you get to Amanjiwo, you're already an hour and a half west of the Yogya airport, and so far from any real mechanized activity that the sound of silence vibrates at its own unique pitch. We sat on our covered bale, or floated in the slightly saline plunge pool, at every opportunity, the tiny bump of Borobudur swelling on the horizon, watching the sky change colors as if we were channeling Monet.
By Jennifer Ley, AFAR Local Expert
An Oasis of Tranquility in Borobudur, Indonesia
An hour from Yogyakarta, in the heart of rural Java in Indonesia, Amanjiwo, which translates to "peaceful soul" in the local language, fully honors its name. If you land at Yogyakarta's airport ("Jogja” in short), and have a reservation at this exquisite Aman Resorts property, a luxury SUV will be waiting for you on the runway. From the onset, everything about this hotel is inviting and warm, and the indulgent amenities on offer may even redefine what luxury means. Gorgeous, colorful sunsets are not the only thing to watch for on the horizon; the hotel is nestled in the Menorah Hills amidst a barrage of dormant volcanoes. One of the best features of the resort is the private access to ceremonies, temples, and shops. But if you're looking for a more authentic experience as a local, there's countless exploration opportunities available in the vicinity, including archeological sities that date back thousands of years. One of my fondest memories during this stay was the extensive lively interactions with the locals, and hearing about urban legends about the locale. If there's three words that could sum up my stay, they'd be: cultural, tranquil, and extravagant.
By Nyssa C., AFAR Local Expert
Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56553, Indonesia
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